About Us

Our Journey

Founded in 1902 by Mr. L. Straatman, Machinefabriek L. Straatman began its journey in Dordrecht, specializing in boiler construction and ship repairs. Over the years, we expanded our expertise to include the fabrication of hydraulic presses, heavy winches, and custom build projects and we joined forces with “Van de Graaf’s Werktuig- en Constructiebouw BV”.

In 1965, we ventured into the dredging market, developing a steel plate ball joint for floating pipelines in collaboration with Boskalis. This marked the beginning of our journey in delivering dredging components worldwide. One of our flagship products is the bow coupling installation for hopper dredgers, enabling a swift connection between the ship and the floating pipeline.

In 1974, we initiated the production of container handling frames, also known as spreaders, with the guidance of ECT.

To broaden our product range, we introduced a complete range of quick release towing hooks and quick release mooring hooks, which have become well-known products of ours around the globe.

Straatman today

In 2007, Gertjan Strietman took over Machinefabriek L. Straatman, marking a new era for the company. We have since then extended our product portfolio to include Berthing Aid Systems, a sophisticated solar system for the maritime market, and the patented Smart Bollard. We deliver our products globally to end-users and contractors in the maritime sector, shipyards, as well as oil and gas terminals. All our products are designed specifically for each project.

In 2024, we branched out into two companies: Straatman Mooring Systems, focusing on all mooring equipment and technologies, and Straatman Dredging & Construction, specializing in dredging equipment and construction and coating activities from our former sister company MFS Constructie.

Today, Straatman is a team of 60 dedicated professionals, all working from our headquarters, consisting of office and production, in Zwijndrecht in The Netherlands. Furthermore we have local agents worldwide who serve as local points of contact for service and support.

We are proud of our history and excited about our future. We look forward to serving you.


What to expect from our Straatman team

Continuous innovation and improvement
In-house production in The Netherlands
Every product has been tested before it leaves our factory
Certified on every necessary level

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